Billionaire Proposes To Buy 15% Of The Planet By 2030 To Protect It

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Scientists have concluded that at least half Earth needs to be protected, therefore saving plants and animal species from extinction.

83-year-old Swiss-born multi-billionaire Hansjörg Wyss pledged over $66 million to get closer to that goal, to at least nine various organizations according to Business Insider.

Hansjörg Wyss an environmentalist and an avid outdoorsman who has already donated over $450 million to protect millions of acres of land and water globally since he established the Wyss Foundation in 1998.

The Wyss Foundation is a private foundation based in Washington, DC. The foundation funds and supports innovative, lasting solutions that will improve lives and strengthen connections to lands.

Wyss, according to Wikipedia, the third wealthiest Swiss billionaire by net worth and an amazing man, who has supported anti-poaching, restoration of rivers, improvements to the African National Park. He even pulled a handful of high-profile maneuvers to stop fossil fuel industries from degrading protected land.

Wyss wrote in the New York Times Wyss in his op-ed, he would donate the money over a period of ten years through the Wyss Foundation, conserving 30% of the Earth by 2030.

Wyss said land and water are best-taken care of when they become national public parks, marine reserves, and wildlife refuges. It then allows everyone to experience and explore them. The thought of holding these places in public trust was one that inspired him as a young man.

We should all be concerned about how little of our natural world is protected before human footprints consume the remaining native wildlife areas.

Wyss and several billionaires have signed the Giving Pledge, which is a commitment to give at least half of their wealth to charity.

Wyss, a native of Switzerland first experiences of the West, drew him back to the United States to attend Harvard Business School. His education and passion for exploration he started a medical research and design company. The company was successful, and the products were used to helped millions of patients recover from skeletal and soft tissue injuries and trauma.

Grateful for all the opportunities he had, he felt he had a duty to play it forward with humanitarian ventures.

Naturally, hands-on and creative, Mr. Wyss encourages new ideas, new tools, and new partnerships in areas of medicine, education, the arts, financial opportunities, conflict resolution, and land conservation.

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